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Detective Pikachu will roll out to theaters with an exclusive Pokémon trading card

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A bit of nostalgia for people in their 20s and 30s

Detective Pikachu is going to continue an adored Pokémon movie tradition by giving audiences a special edition Detective Pikachu trading card pack.

Pokémon diehards who want to get their hands on Detective Pikachu trading cards will have to go opening weekend, according to Warner Bros. The pack comes with two cards. One is a randomly selected pokémon from the current generation of trading cards in stores now, but changed slightly to incorporate their CGI-likeness. The second is guaranteed to be a limited-edition Detective Pikachu card.

It’s a pretty big deal. Especially for those who ventured out to theaters in the early aughts to get their hands on a special Pokémon card, like Ancient Mew. It’s a nostalgia trip that will hit many of us.

The full Detective Pikachu card.
Warner Bros.

Two decades ago, toward the end of 1999, there were only two things anyone in my household could talk about: Y2K and Pokémon: The First Movie. At seven, Pokémon was life. I played the video games, I watched the anime, and, most importantly, I collected all the cards.

The First Movie’s release in North America came with the promise of an exclusive, limited-edition Pokémon card. The only way to complete your deck was to check out the movie. At seven, when you’re spending every day running around your school’s pavement playground trying to show off your deck, completion ruled supreme. Armed with the knowledge we’d have to go watch The First Movie to remain a true Pokémon master, my then four-year-old brother and I dragged my parents to watch it.

Pokémon: The First Movie turned out to be an exceptional film that taught me at a young age about death. I forgot about the trading card for an emotional 90 minutes while my favorite pokémon battled Mewtwo, and Pikachu used his tears to bring trainer Ash Ketchum back to life. It was only after I left the theater, and saw a bored teenager handing out packs of cards, that I remembered what we came for in the first place.

I’ll also never forget the ear-piercing screams or the image of my four-year-old brother flailing his arms and legs through the air as my father carried him from the theater to our car without Pokémon cards in hand. It’s nearly impossible to explain “while supplies last” to an emotionally distraught kid.

Hopefully that won’t happen this time around, and everyone will get a card! Detective Pikachu comes out on May 10th.